GALLIPOLIS — Throughout National Blood Donor Month this January, Holzer joins the American Red Cross is celebrating the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern health care.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood with more than 41,000 blood donations needed every day. The number of blood donors in the U.S. is 9.2 million. Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10 percent actually do each year.
Blood cannot be manufactured; it can only be given by generous donors. The Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region is encouraging all eligible blood and platelet donors to make a New Year’s resolution to help save lives by rolling up a sleeve now and throughout the year.
Upcoming blood drives at Holzer facilities include:
• Wednesday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Davis Family Conference Rooms, located on the ground floor of Holzer-Gallipolis Medical Center in Gallipolis. For more information, call (740) 446-5000.
• Friday, Feb. 26, noon to 5 p.m., Community Education Room at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson. For more information, call (740) 395-8500.
It is no coincidence that National Blood Donor Month falls in January. Winter can often be a difficult time for blood donations because of cold and flu season, inclement weather and various activities surrounding the holiday season. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types — especially O negative, A negative and B negative — to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Each appointment made and kept, and each unit of blood or platelets given, may offer hope to a patient in need.
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.